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A Humongous Fungus Among Us April 14, 2014

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Crochet.

Yes, it’s been a very long build-up to that headline, but it’s worth it I think.


The Shroom of Primes

The Shroom of Primes

This design actually has a concept behind it. Its structural elements are comprised of the first prime numbers: 1, 2, 3, 5, & 7. There is one central trunk, two branches, three caps each having three, five, and seven points to them. And of course, the three shroots. Yes, I recycled and reworked the previous Mitchshroom™ cap design for this one. I wanted to explore the versatility of the basic technique and it still has LOTS of potential.

Some notes about this one: I stuck with the same thicker wire gauge all throughout and that made things a lot simpler. Currently structured it’s right at two feet tall. For the filler I’ve used both poly-fill and cotton balls in the past. I don’t like poly-fill as it’s hell to try to stuff it in the smaller tubes, but I used it in this one. Next time around I’m going back to cotton, but I need to find something better than the balls. The top seven pointed cap got a bit too big and isn’t as stable as I’d like it to be.

This is a fantastic build but even as I finished it I realized that I reached the end of this particular material / structure paradigm….and came up with new one. This new system will make for faster, more expressive, and far more stabler builds. Also, the previous versions required that actually work around the wire structure – that’s REALLY annoying, particularly when the top is at eye-pokey level.

Folks, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Oh, and also you’ll see the albinos in glorious color soon too I hope. Next Thursday is the start of a five day weekend for me (woot!), time to bust out the airbrushes and procion dyes.

I also need to start working on new cap designs, I can’t always dip into this well.




1. Nicole - April 14, 2014

Ohmahgawd. When are you going to start selling them on Etsy??? I can just imagine an entire tabletop forest of them. The cats would love it. Love knocking them off, of course, but they’d love it.

Mitchell - April 15, 2014

Ah, yes…PROFIT! Filthy lucre! I dunno – how many bars of gold-pressed latinum do you suppose one of these things can fetch?

I know it kinda looks like I’m pumping these things out left and right but I’m not. They take a fair amount of time to make actually. Preliminary trials of my new path have exposed some stumbling block there too unfortunately.

2. Nicole - April 16, 2014

Sadly, as deserved as it may be for handmade art, I’ll bet no one is retiring from Etsy profits.

Mitchell - April 17, 2014

Life in the Art Lane is tough. Etsy’s a cool place, and I’ve bought several things there but I doubt I’ll set up shop any time soon. I’m mostly making these things for myself.

On another note though, I figured out my problem and The New Path is open!

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